What inspired you to write your book?
So many people say they can’t possibly try a vegan lifestyle because it’s either too difficult to find ingredients, the recipes are too bizarre, or they just don’t want to eat rabbit food. I developed these recipes for myself and my kids, began publishing them on my blog, then received such great feedback that I decided to create this compilation for other home chefs interested in exploring vegan cuisine.
About your Book:
This collection of vegan recipes contains recipes familiar to families like vegan chili, pizza, and quiche along updated versions of recipes from the mid 20th century like LuLu Paste, a dip popular in the ’60s. “The Market Vegan” is my answer to the question everyone asks as soon as they discover I’m a compassionate diner: “But what do you eat?” Turns out, I eat a lot of excellent, healthy food using easy to obtain ingredients that are simple for any home chef to prepare for vegans and the vegan curious alike. “The Market Vegan” was released in May 2012, I’ve released 2 updates since then and will release 2 more updates between now and May 2013. Each update includes at least 3 additional recipes and customers receive every update after their initial purchase.
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Vegan Family Friendly Recipes
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
Vegan Crockpot Chili (My most popular recipe)
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 small can of whole corn, drained
1 large can of black beans (18-20oz), rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can of light kidney beans (optional)
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup water
1 package McCormick’s Chili Seasoning
Saute onion and green pepper in the oil until softened. Place in crockpot along with all of the other ingredients. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Cook covered in the crockpot on low for approximately 5 hours.
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
I found the cookbook much more personal than writing I do in my professional life. Most of my recipes include a story about where the recipe came from and / or my memories of the recipe. Cookbooks also require a lot of great photos so finding a good photographer and producing the right type of high quality file to import into the cookbook document was a challenge.
What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
If you love sharing your recipes with other people in your life, then creating a cookbook is a natural next step. The real roadblock becomes the technology required to produced the book. I’m lucky that I’ve been working in design and technology for decades, but even I ran into a few issues as I created my book. If you aren’t tech savvy, find someone who is. No one will know how wonderful your recipes are if the presentation is poor.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self published because I’m more interested in sharing my recipes and the benefits of a vegan diet than making a lot of money. Proceeds of the book go primarily to offsetting the costs of my podcast and blog.
I’ve been vegan for almost 4 years and am a single mother of 2 grown children. You can see my entire bio at http://www.linkedin/in/gesin